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Updated August 28, 2014
Updated August 28, 2014
6,483 Reviews

3.6
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Pros
  • There are options for partial telecommuting which contributes to work/life balance (in 425 reviews)

  • Great place to start your career as a recent graduate who is looking for experience (in 146 reviews)


Cons
  • As per me not a long term career option for people who give imp to work life balance (in 1093 reviews)

  • Literally no work life balance(Or No life only work) as a Center associate (in 221 reviews)

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  1. 7 people found this helpful  

    Is the Juice worth the squeeze?

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consulting Manager  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Consulting Manager in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Deloitte full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    (1) Know what you are getting into. This isn't a marriage...Deloitte wants you because they can sell you and make money off the top (like a traditional staffing firm). They aren't there to baby you or hold your hands (200,000+ employees can't be THAT personal). Since you can't sell yourself and cut out Deloitte, you have to know that you are there for one of the following: $, the "experience", the network, or the name (most likely the name and the $$).
    (2) Use them as much as they use you - take advantage of the travel, the fitness reimbursements, the pay, tuition, maternity/paternity leave, the clients, mediocre training, certifications, and most importantly the network. The next real step after deloitte is to start your own firm, go to industry, join another firm, or undergo a career change.
    (3) The best jobs at deloitte are the innovation team, the visualization studio team, and then staffing team (or internal project). The first two because they are cutting edge firm initiatives that secure tons of client work. The latter because its a high paying position that can be done virtually.
    (4) Managers do the heavy lifting, SCs, Consultants, and analysts have the highest ROI and do busy work, Sr. Managers are there to win work and split time on engagements, PPDs are there for their network and sheep herding. Take advantage of this breakdown!
    (5) This company is a money making machine. If you like tech adoption or system integration (90% of projects)., you can make a killing here and be very happy.

    Cons

    (1) 95% of the time the projects aren't the least bit interesting. Everyone shooting for partner wants to make a buck on their bread and butter tech implementation. The only way to land a "cool" project is to spearhead the effort of have someone in your network pursuing the engagement. Otherwise, you will be staffed to the first thing that resembles a fit. Again 200,000+ employees - all need to be staffed.
    (2) The rating system is bogus. You get a 1-5 rating for each project. Kiss enough butt you can get a 2. 1 is literally not an option to select on your assessment! If you are on a 1 yr project for a short phase and deserve a 2, and even give yourself a 2, you will get slammed with a 3 since there are other people who will be on the project longer and they will cry if they don't get one of the few (LIMITED) 3's. I've been told in confidence that this was the case on two assignments I was on. Will I try hard on my next project?....
    (3) Its all about who you know. A true networking paradigm/ frat house/ etc. If you want to get promoted or recognized at Year end, this is how you do it.
    (4) Upward feedback is a joke. Want to rate your team/ superiors after each project (like you are evaluated)? Nope! You have wait till the week before your Year End submission to evaluate these guys. Guess what, they will be called upon for your annual evaluation a few weeks later and can surely pick you out of a review (good/bad) if it was done a week prior!
    (5) Commercial travel is the pits! I've traveled 6 days a week for 5 months (cross country) only to work 15 hr days, eat poorly, forget about exercising, and be treated like a lemming by the project leads.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create an environment where people can explore different service offerings. Have a 360 feedback system available after each engagement (PE). Have bonuses every 6 months to actually "pay for performance". The "bait and switch" routine is getting old: Intersted in Project A...come on aboard, by the way the scope just changed and the work is 2x as long, 1/2 the resources, and has nothing to do with Project A!

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Cons far outweigh the Pros

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager
    Current Employee - Manager

    I have been working at Deloitte full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    You get to meet a diverse group of people, develop friendships with people you might not meet otherwise.

    Cons

    Different career models are not consistent. Salaries and work expectation are not in alignment for Consulting, AMS and Audit resources . To expect resources to work 60 hours per week for lower compensation than you pay Consulting resources is unrealistic.

    Leadership has the ability to override any situation to fit their needs. AMS resources are hired for the lower over heard - (no travel expense), yet leadership will make exceptions at will if it fits their needs. Favoritism is rampant.

    Leadership unwilling to flexible on work hours. No support of work life balance.

    "You have a hard stop at 7:00pm" Then getting a call at 6:55pm "I need you do to the following before you leave" which adds 1 - 3 hours to your day.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring your career models into alignment in both expectations and compensation.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great career starter

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consultant  in  Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Consultant in Arlington, VA

    I have been working at Deloitte full-time

    Pros

    Reasonable pay. Great People. Collaborative work environment. The people at all levels of the firm are generally all amazing. Work hard play harder!!

    Cons

    Horrible work/life balance. The amount of work required outside of client work can be overwhelming. People often find themselves working when they get home or even weekends.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Eliminate firm initiatives!!! Improve pay!!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Associate 7

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    Former Employee - Associate 7  in  Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Associate 7 in Houston, TX

    I worked at Deloitte full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Very professional company, well managed and have plenty of self-training opportunities and certification.

    Cons

    Particular to ASSOCIATE model in Deloitte - Associates are hired based in project and would need to be billable all the time. You are given 4 weeks of time to find a new project (when your billing) is getting over and if you cannot be placed you will be terminated irrespective of your performance. HR folks will keep repeating the fact that there is no bench time in Deloitte. I was billable from start to end for almost 2 years and was laid off on my last billing day.
    This is a big pain for H1b employees where they need to find another job within couple of weeks as Deloitte would cancel H1b anytime from Week1 to Week 4 of termination and usually their attorney would start it after 2 weeks of termination (they call it separation). So I feel it is very dangerous to join Deloitte in ASSOCIATE model. Otherwise it is a good company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The ASSOCIATE model is a bad spot on a reputed company like Deloitte. This is purely hire and fire strategy and would put the employees working in this model in a tight spot. Many of them are H1b employees and you are playing with their future.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    It's a Big Firm with a lot of opportunities, but it's a bureacracy

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Analyst
    Former Employee - Business Analyst

    I worked at Deloitte full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - Deloitte is the largest consulting firm in the US and has experts on pretty much any industry and topic that you can think of. If you're not sure what you're interested in, Deloitte is a good place to start your career and try different things to figure out what you actually like doing
    - Overall, really good office culture, particularly among the Business Analysts/Consultants (junior staff). Happy hour, outside of office events, lots of opportunities to socialize and get to know your co-workers. I felt like other Business Analysts were almost without exception very friendly and willing to help. Having a lot of colleagues that join the firm the same time as you, and going through the same experience is a blessing and makes coming into the office on Fridays enjoyable.
    - There's some really good managers who really invest in the junior staff that work for them. The firm should do as much as it can to encourage and retain those people.
    - Working at Deloitte as a Business Analyst gives you an excellent foundation in business. It really helped me improve my analytical and communication skills. When I first joined Deloitte, I was really focused on learning hard skills (e.g. getting good at Excel), but after a year, it became obvious to me that the more important skill set is the soft skills (like managing client expectations, working with difficult personalities, etc.) In the end, using Excel is a really valuable skill when you're starting out your career as an Analyst, but I think learning how to work with a wide variety of people is a skill that will be applicable for the rest of your life. I think the sheer size of Deloitte, and it's emphasis on having Business Analysts do multiple projects and getting involved in various firm extracurricular, forces you to work with a lot of different people in a way that few jobs do.
    - Even if you never took a business class in college, Deloitte will teach you everything you need to know on the job. There's two weeks of training when you begin, that will cover much of the basic skills, and there's a lot of opportunities to learn throughout the year from various courses. Some of the classes can be a tad basic, but it's nice to know there are learning resources widely available in the firm.
    - I believe Deloitte has strong long-term prospects and is very well-positioned as the consulting industry changes from fee for service (pay consultants by the hour) to outcomes-based payment (e,g, the consulting firm makes $XM for every $100M the client saves). If you're interested in being a career consultant (i.e. becoming a partner), Deloitte is a good place to work

    Cons

    - "Big Firm, Big Feel" - Deloitte is so focused on growing and being the largest consulting firm, that it feels like its culture is taking a hit (this is the perspective from people who have been at the firm for several years). While there are some genuinely nice people, and managers who really care about their people, it doesn't feel like that those values are really rewarded. At the end of the day, it seems like as long as you hit your numbers (selling enough project work) and keeping your clients reasonably happy, it doesn't matter what your project team thinks of you. Yes, Deloitte says that they believe in the "apprenticeship model", but it doesn't really reward people that go out of their way to encourage and develop their team members.
    - Staffing is complicated and political. Working at any big company is going to be political to some degree, but getting staffed on a project at Deloitte is much more political than what my friends at other consulting firms have experienced. Some of this is inevitable due to the sheer size of Deloitte Consulting, but the firm could do a better job of assigning projects based on people's interests. It felt like most of the time, you have to fend for yourself, avoid unhappy projects, and find out what projects are available through your network. There's an official online staffing system that is unhelpful. All of the good projects are learned about through personal contacts - I think the projects that are on the online official system tend to be least desirable ones which the managers have trouble staffing people on.
    - Work/life balance could better: unnecessarily long hours. This is something that the firm's leadership has been actively pushing, but in my personal experience I've found it to be very mixed. Depending on who your project leadership is (manager, senior manager, partner), the project hours can vary from 8:30 - 6:30 or can be as long as 14+ hour days. I don't think anybody goes into consulting thinking it will be a 9-5 job, but what bothered me was that a lot of the long hours was due to the need to maintain a certain "perception" for "optics". On the other hand, there are some project leaders who just care about getting the work done and don't care about face time, which is great, but this needs to become the norm and not the exception.
    - There's a lot of traveling, which is the norm for consulting. Living out of a suitcase wore down on me, and in the end I felt like a lot of times my traveling was unnecessary, and mostly for optics. Some project leaders let you work remotely when it makes sense, but other project leaders expect you to travel and work out of the client site by default, even when it's not necessary to getting the work done. I never thought I would do consulting long-term, and this is one of the big reasons why. Deloitte is trying to implement flexibility in the travel schedule (Tues - Thurs, or traveling every other week), but I really think the travel expectations vary a lot by client and project leadership. Some work naturally requires more face to face interaction, but a lot of it doesn't. When you can do conference calls, videoconferencing, etc., it doesn't make sense to rack up significant travel expenses when all you're doing is running some data analysis that can be done remotely.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Change the performance rating system. Nobody really thinks its fair, even top-performers (people with 1 and 2 ratings - top 10%, top 25% respectively) complain about the fairness of the system. First, make project work a key component of your rating. Right now, it feels like it's more about quantity of work (utilization) rather than quality of work (impact for client). The top project rating (2) is given out so frequently, that it's essentially become table stakes and you're expected to get a top rating for every project. One way of solving this is to give out "1" an even higher project rating, to people who make an exceptional contribution to the client. You could have the client's direct feedback on a practitioner be incorporated in project ratings. (E.g. the only way to get a top project rating is if the client counterpart has very positive feedback). The only way to differentiate yourself during the year-end process is through high utilization, and lots of firm activities. I think the shift of focusing on only one or two firm extracurricular is a really good change. Client work is at least 80% of your time, but right now it feels like firm activities is 50%+ of the success to a good performance rating.

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    A good launch point, you probably wont like audit though

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Audit Senior  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Audit Senior in New York, NY

    I have been working at Deloitte full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good place to start out of college. Will spend time on your development. You will learn a lot. Typically a fun culture, especially at the Manager level and below.

    Cons

    Typical large corporations issues with corporate politics. Compensation, especially considering hours worked, will be on the lower end. Switching functions internally is typically very hard, often takes another offer from another firm before they will consider.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    DW/BI Consultant

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Deloitte full-time

    Pros

    Work Life balance in deloitte.

    Cons

    Hiring in wrong band within organization

  9.  

    Good place to start

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Deloitte

    Pros

    Good learning opportunities, worklife balance

    Cons

    compensation, hard to find interest

  10.  

    With the good comes the bad.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Audit Senior Assistant  in  Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Audit Senior Assistant in Charlotte, NC

    I have been working at Deloitte full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Huge company, so lots of room to move around, get involved in different service lines, etc.

    Cons

    Extremely poor work-life balance in Audit.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No one should ever have to work triple digit hours in a week.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Extremely fulfiling at lower levels, no so much at higher levels

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Specialist Leader  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Specialist Leader in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Deloitte full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Own your own career
    Great place to start your career

    Cons

    Cut Throat Environment
    Tough environment
    Your work funds overpaid partners
    Low yearly increases
    Extremely long hours
    Extreme amount of extra curricular activities required
    Extremely poor work life balance
    Not good place to finish your career
    Promote not keeping technical due to extreme amount of overhead type work
    Independence is horrible (force types of investments you can own)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop setting goals so high so you can actually meet target
    Stop with the firm activities and extra stuff
    Allow flexible work schedules

    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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